Three swimmers with Shady Side Academy connections earned four national titles and 18 medals at the 2019 U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS) Spring National Championships, held April 25-28, 2019, in Mesa, AZ. More than 1,900 swimmers ages 18-97 competed at the national meet. The top 10 place winners in each event earned medals.
SSA head swimming coach, Form VI dean and chemistry teacher John Landreth won six medals, including a national championship with his first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (53.43) in the men's 45-49 age group. He also finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:06.08); third in the 400 IM (4:36.38); fourth in both the 200 IM (2:04.03) and 200 free (1:54.31); and fifth in the 100 IM (55.46 – behind two former Olympians but ahead of one!). Landreth swam with the Kenyon Masters Club alongside some fellow Kenyon College alumni. As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Landreth won 12 NCAA titles, 22 All-America awards and was the 1992 NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year. He was inducted into the Kenyon Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
SSA alumnus Trevor Scheid '08, who resides in the San Francisco Bay area and competes for The Olympic Club (TOC), won the USMS national championship in the 500 free (4:35.09) in the men's 25-29 age group. This comes 11 years after he won the same event and set a PIAA state record as a senior at SSA (4:24.42). In addition, Scheid was part of two USMS national championship relay teams with his TOC teammates, the mixed 200 free relay and men's 200 free relay. Scheid also placed second in the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 free, mixed 200 medley relay and men's 200 medley relay, and placed fourth in the 50 fly and 50 free. (He swam the 50 free in 20.79, a second faster than his SSA swim team record of 20.80, which still stands!) Scheid is a 2012 graduate of Stanford University, where he studied management science and engineering and was a member of the NCAA Division I men's swimming team.
SSA alumnus Jason Weis '14, who resides in the Boston area and competes for the New England Masters (NEM) swim club, medaled in three events in the men's 18-24 age group. He placed fourth in the 1000 free, fifth in the 500 free and eighth in the 200 free. He also competed in the 50 free (23rd), 100 free (22nd) and 200 IM (11th), as well as in two relay events with his NEM teammates. Weis is a 2018 graduate of Georgia Tech, where he studied biomedical engineering and was a member of the GT swim club.
Congratulations to Coach Landreth, Trevor and Jason!